If you own a sump pump, you know it can be a real lifesaver when it comes to keeping your basement dry in the event of bad weather. You probably also know that your sump pump relies on your home’s electrical system to stay in proper working order. If a bad storm hits and the power goes out, you could be in trouble if you can’t get that sump pump working quickly, which is why it's important to install a sump pump with battery backup.
At first, you might feel like this is an unnecessary expense, but a few extra dollars can be worth a lot of savings when the battery backup kicks on when you need it most. Additionally, a battery backup can save you even when the power is working if a breaker has flipped or a power connection goes faulty. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and your battery backup is no exception. Installation is easy if you follow a few basic steps.
While you can make battery backup from scratch, it's best to buy a kit that has everything you need. The kit should include the motor, a float switch, power connections and a 12-volt battery. Furthermore, you will need a PVC elbow, a connector and some spare PVC piping. Take a few minutes to organize all your tools and supplies before you begin the installation process.
Submerge your pump in the crock according to the instructions in your owner’s manual. You want it to be close to your regular pump, but don’t let the two pumps touch. Install the pipe straight up from your pipe, and connect it to the elbow. Attach a new piece of pipe that connects from the elbow to the connector attached to your old pipe. This way, the backup sump pump will feed into your existing pump system. Make sure to install a check valve so that water does not rush backwards into the crock as it makes the turn up and out of your basement.
Once your piping is in place, you can attach the float switch to your pipe and hook up all the power cords. Give your pump a test run to make sure everything is running properly. If all components are working, store your battery up off the floor and away from your crock. A low shelf is the perfect location to keep your battery up and away from any potential moisture. Don’t forget to hook your battery into your home’s power supply so that it can charge when the power is on. This simple effort will ensure your sump pump operates even in the absence of electrical power.